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City of Peoria
Beginning Fencing

We're proud to partner with the City of Peoria

Parks & Recreation department

to offer a beginner level fencing classes.

Our team provides all fencing equipment and a fun, engaging learning environment for all participants.

Look for our next classes which start in

January 2024

Begining Fencing

Start your adventure here...

Our beginner fencing class covers all the basics.   Students will engage in drills to build skill and confidence, including learning to referee a bout.  And, of course, we'll Fence!

City of Peoria
Beginning Fencing

SYLLABUS

Beginning Fencing (one hour class)

 

Week #1                                                                                  Week #1  Homework (5 minutes daily)

Safety First                                                                             Engarde position in front of mirror

Warm up & stretching                                                            Deep squat in Engarde position (10x daily)

Engarde position                                                                    Advance (10x daily)

Advance, Retreat                                                                    Retreats (10x daily)

Fit for gear

Agility games

Salute

 

Week #2                                                                                  Week #2  Homework (5 minutes daily)

Warm up & stretching                                                            Engarde position in front of mirror

Review Engarde position, advance, retreat,                          Deep squat in Engarde position (10x daily)

  Extend, recover                                                                     Advances, retreats, extend, recover (10x daily)

Gear up                                                                      

Pairs drills advance, retreat, extend, repost, distance

Agility game

Salute

 

Week #3                                                                                  Week #3  Homework (5 minutes daily)

Warm up & stretching                                                            Engarde position in front of mirror

Review prior weeks                                                                Deep squat in Engarde Position (10x daily)

Gear up                                                                                   Lunge, recover (10x daily)

Lunge & Recover

Pairs drills distance, extend, lunge

Fencing in pairs

Salute

 

Week #4 - 7                                                                            Week #4-7  Homework (5 minutes daily)

Warm up & stretching                                                            Deep squat in Engarde position (10x daily)

Gear up                                                                                   Lunge, recover (10x daily)

Pairs drills advance, retreat, extend, repost,                         Advance-Lunge, recover (10x daily)

  disengage, parry, lunge, advance lunge

Referee practice

Open fence

Salute

 

Week #8                                                                                  Week #8  Homework

Warm up, stretching                                                              Sign up for next class!

Gear up

Open fence

Salute

 

GLOSSARY

 

Fencing Terms

 

Advance:        Taking a step towards one’s opponent. Lift front toe first, land both feet same time.

Beat:               Sharp tap on the opponent’s blade to initiate an attack or provoke a reaction.

En Garde:       Position taken before fencing commences. Dominant hand/leg front, knees slightly bent,

                         front toe pointed forward, back foot at 90 degrees to front foot.  Front facing joints

                         aligned (toe, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist) Shoulders level, torso balanced.

Lunge:             Most common attacking technique, in which the fencer extends weapon, launches

                         themselves at their opponent by pushing off from the back leg (which generally

                         remains stationary).  Advance front foot (land heal first) front knee bent at 90 degree

                         angle, back arm extended for balance.

Parry:              Defensive action in which a fencer blocks his opponent’s blade.

Piste:               French term for the fencing strip.

Recover:         The return to the Engarde position.

Retreat:           Taking a step away from opponent.  Back toe first, then both feet land same time.

Riposte:           Defender’s offensive action immediately after parrying their opponent’s attack. 

Salute:             Salute at beginning and ending of engagement, to opponent, referee & audience. 

                         Point to floor in front, raise forward to level, raise to face, then back down to floor.

Strip:               Fencing area, 14 meters long by 2 meters wide.

Touch:             Scoring a point

Fencing Gear

Mask               Fencing specific mask to guard face & neck

Plastron          Underarm protection of dominant arm

Plastic             Chest protection

Jacket             Outer layer to protect body

Glove              Dominant hand protection (last item put on)

Epee               Weapon

Body Cord      Electronic connection to scoring equipment

Special thanks to Kavan Lake Photography for his amazing images. For more info click here

Special thanks to Levi for his design of our custom logo. Follow him on Instagram: staticcigarettes.

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